Video: Mark Matthews Gets Sendy in 'Rainy Daze'

Oct 21, 2019
by PNW Components  

When summer turns to fall in the Pacific Northwest it can be both beautiful and disastrous. The unstable weather can make for incredible filming conditions, bringing out the best colors of the surrounding plants, firming up dirt that was previously ground to dust, and filling the air with a thick layer of fog creating the dreary mood that the PNW is known for. But it also means the days are shorter and film projects can come undone by a rain cloud that’s just a bit too heavy. On a mission to document Mark Matthew’s new trail, a hybrid of his own creation and an old single track line, we knew we’d be up against Mother Nature’s own plans for the weekend.

Trail building is an art form, and it’s one that Mark continually strives to perfect. While most of us sit inside hiding from the rain, obsessively refreshing our weather apps to find the optimum time for a ride, Mark is putting shovel to dirt, creating trails that some of us can only imagine. His countless hours of solitude have paid off, culminating in a jump line from our wildest dreams. Cedar bridges and the red dirt of Vancouver Island pair perfectly with the surrounding forest and bright green carpets of moss, but their real beauty isn’t expressed until someone as stylish as Mark puts rubber to dirt and rides the trail to its full potential.

Mark Matthews is a wonderful blend of artist and mountain biker, fusing the two outlets of creative expression to push himself, and the entire sport forward. Without visionaries like Mark our industry would be stagnant, dragging its feet along the same awkward, mud riddled trails of the late 90’s, and for that we say, “Thank you.”


Mark Matthews while filming for Rainy Daze with PNW Components.
Mark Matthews: A man on a mission.


Mark Matthews riding on Vancouver Island for his video Rainy Daze with PNW Components. Photo by Brett Kroeker

Mark Matthews riding on Vancouver Island for his video Rainy Daze with PNW Components. Photo by Brett Kroeker
The fog seemed to be teasing us on our first day of shooting, blowing in and out of the background, making it seem as if we were working on different days every 10 minutes.

Mark Matthews riding his hand built trails on Vancouver Island for his video Rainy Daze with PNW Components.
The start of Mark's personal jump line will keep away even some of the most seasoned riders. Tight corners, rhythm doubles down a narrow corridor, and a massive step down all need to be hit perfectly in order to maintain enough speed to clear the step up.

Mark Matthews riding his hand built trails on Vancouver Island for his video Rainy Daze with PNW Components.
Speaking of the step up.. It's impressively big. With a cedar bridge leading into the take off, riding it in the rain made it even more risky.

Mark Matthews riding his trails on Vancouver Island for his video Rainy Daze with PNW Components.
Just your casual, everyday, mid trail suicide no hander...

Mark Matthews riding his trails on Vancouver Island for his video Rainy Daze with PNW Components. Photo by Brett Kroeker

Mark Matthews while filming for Rainy Daze with PNW Components.


Mark Matthews bike waiting for some airtime while filming for Rainy Daze Photo by Brett Kroeker
Mark's ride of choice: the Marin Mount Vision complete with a matching PNW cockpit and dropper post.

Hand sculpted and nearly reclaimed by nature this jump was built by Mark with filming in mind.
That dirt though... It's drool inducing. This lip was nearly reclaimed by the forest and was covered with moss until Mark revamped it for filming.

Want to keep up with Mark? Check out his accounts on Instagram, YouTube, and Facebook.

Photos // Brett Kroeker and Reilly Kintzele

Title photo // Joe Leahy


34 Comments

  • 15 1
 Sick. Mark has been getting me stoked for years...still watch this one all the time: vimeo.com/67474409
  • 3 1
 That video and "Sweat Equity" are some of our favorites from Mark! He puts a ton of work into his videos and it shows.
  • 3 1
 I still believe that Mark Mathews edit to be the best edit of all time. This year as I was riding the new DM Pro Line I had STRFKR in my head the whole way down and was dreaming I looked like Mark as I rode it :-)
  • 5 1
 @haha that’s awesome! Thanks so much man.
  • 5 1
 @oldmanhucking: Haha that’s awesome! Thanks so much man.
  • 2 1
 @mikeyMT was thinking the same thing when i saw his name! The edit and the music are really blended together. Believe it or not, that edit made me start building a budget bike and start riding. Huge inspiration
  • 7 1
 Last jump & whip are nastyyy
  • 4 1
 He was getting them past 90 degrees and it was legitimately beautiful to watch!
  • 2 1
 @pnwcomponents: ....and just as important, he can return them before touch down!
  • 3 0
 The moss is poisonous, and the salal will slash your shins if you get to close, y'all better stay close to home.
  • 2 0
 Oh man we should have put that as a disclaimer in the article...
  • 1 0
 @pnwcomponents: we islanders are a quirky bunch!
  • 4 1
 That was rad! Nice riding Mark, and great filming Reilly!
  • 1 1
 Cheers @JeffWeed! That duo killed it!
  • 3 0
 More like Vanbooter island!
  • 1 0
 We see what you did there, and we like it! haha
  • 1 1
 I wonder where in Vanbooter island this was filmed
  • 1 0
 Sicker'n than my toddler in daycare. Awesome line, awesome rider, awesome filming. And a great soundtrack! What song was that?
  • 2 0
 The song was Wake Up by Astro Driver. Go get that toddler taken care of!
  • 1 0
 @pnwcomponents: Thanks for the tip! Found the band on Spotify last night. I was in need of some fresh tunes while overhauling my Slash late last night
  • 2 0
 Yeeeeeew! Loving the green room and rain.
  • 2 0
 It was such a pretty place to be able to film. There were moss carpets lining every trail!
  • 3 1
 That step down to step up though!
  • 1 0
 Such a crazy line. We can't wait to see what he's got in store after that! He's still building beyond those jumps..
  • 1 0
 Dude... Mark. This is way gnarlier than the way you described! Sweet trail and great captures!
  • 2 0
 So this should have been on Go Pro Best lIne.
  • 1 0
 Mark actually had another line in Best Line too! I wouldn't be surprised to see this one somewhere in the mix for next year's Best Line contest.
  • 1 0
 Sick edit and epic scenery... is there any POV footage of this line getting around??
  • 2 0
 Thank you! It doesn't look like Mark has released any yet, but he's just putting the finishing touches on a jump below the step up and I would be he'll film some once it's done!
  • 2 1
 @markymath that hip was ridiculous! Makes me want to go ride some loam
  • 3 0
 That hip was probably one of the most impressive features we've seen in person. Mark must have spent so much time building that and the bridge leading into it!
  • 2 1
 Dang! So sick!!
  • 1 1
 Love the mood and stylish riding
  • 1 0
 fock yeah!

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